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post #1 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Professional training or train yourself?

I recently purchased a 3 yr old paint gelding and I am currently in the process of trying to figure out what style of riding I would like to do with him. The horse is rideable but I enjoy riding and showing Western Pleasure. I am conflicted because I am not sure if I should put my horse into two months of professional training or simply take the next year to fully train him on my own. I have worked and owned western pleasure horses but never fully trained one on my own, which is why I have concerns. The manager at my barn doesn't think I'll have a problem, but I am wondering if other people on this board would suggest going with professional training for a couple months and then taking on the horse from there... or working/training the horse fully on your own. I do have a professional trainer in mind, and he focuses on horsemanship, but I am still not sure how hard it will be on my 3yr old. Your thoughts are appreciated!
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post #2 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 01:45 PM
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If it were me I'd want to try on my own. It's a really good experience if you can handle it. You can always go the other route if you run into too many problems. You can always use books and videos to help out if you need. I mostly trained my paint and it was a really rewarding experience. But then again I am not into showing and such. Just trails and games.

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I'd give it your best shot and if it turns out that you just can't finish him then send him to a trainer to finish off.
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Ive been riding less than 4 years, but i decided to adopt an off the track standardbred. So i retrained him all on my own as well as rehabilitating him from emaciation. He's so so much better. He's great. Ive never actually had a real trainer. I took lessons at a public stable a long time ago. This is my last season. Im going to definitely pursue horse training as a career. So i've never used a proffesional trainer. I may get one to have a lesson with once a month soon, but not yet. I feel like if they can do it, i can do it no problem LOL

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post #5 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info! It definitely helps. My horse is so eager to please and so smart that I do believe he would work well with me. As I mentioned earlier, my concern is if I do something wrong... but I guess that's all part of learning! I am planning on just watching educational videos and checking out some books. If anyone has any other ideas let me know.
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post #6 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 02:39 PM
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Don't worry about doing something wrong. Just as you said it's part of learning. You can always fix the mistake and it will make you all the better for it :)

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post #7 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 03:35 PM
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I think it depends. I don't have the time it takes to do it myself now. Years ago, when I got my first horse, I put the blood and sweat, and tears into him and I gotta say, it's a great feeling in the end. He has some vices that are partially my fault, letting him get away with things and/or not knowing how to fix things, but after 21 years together (he's 24) I still love him. My 2 year old I sent to a trainer, he's home now but I still have my weekly lesson and she still gives me homework and things to work on... I am enjoying it tremendously.

I think I would send him to a trainer for at least the first 30 days and then take over....

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post #8 of 31 Old 10-31-2008, 07:19 PM
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I always have my trainer start off my horses. My reasoning being it's worth my health and risking injury. Rather have her do the dirty work and deal with the first few bucks, rears whatever it is that comes up Once they have the basic 3 gates, then I stop the personal training and I start riding them and do the rest of the training WITH lessons with my trainer.
Good basics is the most important thing to start off right and continue on good training from there on :)

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It's great to hear the success stories but for every one of those I think there are at least 10 that aren't.

I agree with My2Geldings and Farmpony. Let a pro start your first one in the right way. In the long run it will still be you that got him the blue ribbon but let the trainer set up the right track for your first green horse. I would try to be there during the training sessions if possible and you can learn from him also.

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post #10 of 31 Old 11-01-2008, 04:49 AM
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Your confidence and interest!

If you feel confident with your abilities to train as for the dedication and desire to learn and grow in the process, I would say go for it.

I say this as you are working with a horse that you have been riding already. Just as the horse learns, you learn too and together. This is just my opinion though, and I have nothing against trainers as they are important.

I have been working with horses for just over a decade, but there is always one I may get that will throw me for a loop! LOL! I love the satisfaction of learning together with a new horse, and developing. I like challenges too, which is why they are my interest! From the BLM projects to a 10 year old unbroke brood mare, theres always satisfaction making it happen. Then there is working with the babies, and doingshow work. I always get to finish the day with something new learned!

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